February 2010

With battery technology advances long overdue, researchers are racing to develop more efficient ways to store power. One hopeful option is in the use of carbon nanotubes, which can store much more electricity by weight than lithium-ion batteries while keeping their charge and remain durable for far longer....


A business associate complained today that his house was falling into foreclosure, his credit-line second mortgage was in default, his credit cards were about to be charged-off, and he has been left, literally, with nothing of value. He lives on Long Island. He has a small business where he derives his income.  He was thankful that he has no assets.  No one can attach them... 


"This is not a matter of legal nuance - this is a matter of right and wrong. Any effort to intimidate or control a victim of domestic violence is just plain wrong. It is despicable. And it is unlawful. We pay the State Police to uphold the law and to protect victims, not to intimidate and pressure them."

Don sits down with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation Director Andrew Berman.


A funny thing happened on the way to Housing Court.  A few people who have been very unhappy with Hi-rise Mike, who has been blamed for the over-development of Downtown, have made a slight turn to the right.  Apparently, the Mayor has recently made a few moves that even the die-hard left of center Liberals have had to applaud...


C. Alexander Häusler’s work is all invested in space. How is space perceived, how is space constructed and how is space creating social interaction. Trained as an architect he later studied sculpture as way to work with space more immediatly. The large scale paintings shown at 255Canal gallery inscribe body and perception into surface. Like an installation the large paintings interact with the moving observer while conquering the third dimension.

Pitched like the tensest detective story, THE ART OF THE STEAL examines the fate of an immensely valuable trove of art. With an unrivalled collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early Modern paintings, the Barnes foundation has always operated under strict guidelines about where and how its art can be seen. But recently, lawyers, politicians and the powers that be of the art world have schemed to wrest control from the foundation and exploit the art for other ends.

"[Les Bandits] appreciatively listen to each other and have a striking serenity. Intelligent, and a valentine to the music and era, joy radiates and the musicianship is as marvelous to drink in as to watch being played: struck, strummed, bowed, etc. Whatever they play and sing—Oscar Brown, Jr.’s “Forbidden Fruit,” a couple from The Beatles’ White album (“Rocky Raccoon,” “Blackbird”) and “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” (in French!!), their original “Uke Song,” French poetry, sweet innocence or knowing sophistication—it’s all smartly done, fresh, winsome, and unaffected. Fantastique." 


Americans recycle more plastic than ever these days, but there are still plenty of items that are not accepted by municipalities, including many hard plastic items like ski boots. The fact that it is so difficult to recycle hard plastic items is a growing issue as we all try to minimize our impact on the environment. 

Kenji is a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job – passing himself off as Natsuki’s boyfriend for four days during her grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration. But when Kenji solves a 2,056 digit math riddle sent to his cell phone, he unwittingly breaches the security barricade protecting Oz, a globe-spanning virtual world where millions of people and governments interact through their avatars, handling everything from online shopping and traffic control to national defense and nuclear launch codes...


Need to ignite your sexual prowess? Well, enroll in this Salon and learn the techniques!!  Coco de Mer was the first company to revive the great tradition of Salons, which dates back to the Eighteenth Century, where social gatherings in the 'grande salons' of private residences were fueled by intellectual debate, music and debauchery. The salons stimulate discussion and provide hours of unrivaled entertainment, education and enjoyment. 

In a new Op-Ed piece in the New York Times former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton challenges the Citizen’s Crime Commission’s questioning of the accuracy of crime statistics. Says Bratton, “One thing is abundantly clear.  New York City is irrefutably a far safer place than it was 16 years ago. You can’t manipulate that reality.”